According to Sky Sports, West Ham have had a £29m bid accepted by Celta Vigo for their powerful centre-forward Maxi Gomez, whilst Valencia have made the same offer which has also been accepted.
Well, the Hammers were keen on the Uruguayan back in January but did not want to meet his huge £43.3m release clause, which saw Gomez stay in La Liga for the rest of the season.
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The east Londoners are showing real intent with their transfer moves this summer, already swooping to sign Villarreal forward Pablo Fornals in a £24m deal, whilst they have also launched a £13m offer for Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan – it may turn out to be another busy summer for the Irons.
Gomez is quite obviously on the Hammers’ radar after extensive talks were held over him back in January, but they face a real battle to land a player they clearly want at the London Stadium and surely Valencia are the favourites at this point.
Valencia have submitted a similar £29m offer with add-ons, and they also have the pull factor of Champions League football to offer Gomez as well as a chance to stay in La Liga and closer to familiar surroundings.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side don’t even have Europa League football to offer the Uruguay international for next term, so it could prove to be a difficult deal to negotiate in terms of convincing Gomez to choose them over Valencia.
The ambition on show from West Ham is admirable and will definitely get the fans excited this summer, but they may have ventured too far this time in getting involved with Champions League clubs for multi-million pound signings.